HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an onomatopoeic (sound-imitative) root imitating the sound of a thin object breaking + -an (instantaneous suffix).[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ ˈpɒtːɒn]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pat‧tan
  • Rhymes: -ɒn

VerbEdit

pattan

  1. (intransitive, of a whip) to crack
  2. (intransitive, of a person) to spring, jump (to move somewhere quickly)
  3. (intransitive, figurative, of a thought or idea) to spring forth (to come into existence from somewhere, usually someone's mind: -ból/-ből)
    Ez az ötlet az ő agyából pattant.This idea sprung forth from his/her mind.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN

Further readingEdit

  • pattan in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.